Turning practically : broadening the horizon
Eikeland, Olav and Nicolini, Davide (2011) Turning practically : broadening the horizon. Journal of Organizational Change Management, Volume 24 (Number 2). pp. 164-174. ISSN 0953-4814 (Submitted)Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09534811111119744
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to introduce the special issue, positioning the articles in relation to the current "turn to practice" within organisation and management studies. Design/methodology/approach The paper introduces a schematic classification of ways of putting practice at the centre of the concern of social scientists depending on the interest of the researcher and his/her position with regard to the object of the research. Findings The paper finds that turning to practice does not necessarily, or simply, equate with becoming more engaged, or with making social science relevant, or with moving social science closer to the practical concerns of separate practitioners. It is argued that the effort should be concentrated on developing a type of theory that helps practitioners articulate what they already do, and therefore somehow know. The model for this way of theorising would therefore be not physics or astronomy but rather grammar a discipline that although just as old, has been based traditionally on a very different relationship between knower and known. Practical implications The paper argues that when conceived after a grammatical model, "theory" may become a resource to be used in action and for action to produce emancipatory awareness and trigger change through critical reflection. Originality/value The papers in this special issue constitute an initial contribution in this direction as they indicate different ways in which theory, when developed "with" and "amid" and not "for" or even "about" practitioners, may become a powerful trigger of change and transformation.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Innovation, Knowledge & Organisational Networks Research Unit
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Industrial Relations & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Organizational change -- Management, Action research, Organizational learning|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Organizational Change Management|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 164-174|
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